Dungen: Allas Sak CD
'Allas Sak' picks up where Dungen's previous album left off, but somehow it sounds bolder and livelier, feistier yet more focused. The quartet jam with greater purpose and principle on songs like the otherworldly instrumental "Franks Kaktus" and the stately "En G ng Om ret," while the prismatic "Flickor Och Pojkar" and closer "Sova" reveal subtle nuances in the band's arrangements. The band brought in "a good friend of ours" named Mattias Glav to produce the record. In addition to helming records for the Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sambassadeur, and the Amazing, Glav worked with Dungen on 2005's Stadsvandringar, which made these sessions a reunion of sorts.
"Mattias is a true wizard of analogue sound engineering, but he's more than a technique nerd," says Ejstes. "He's the ultimate hand between my vision of a sound and reality." Glav suggested the band work out songs before they entered the studio, rather than writing during the sessions. It was a different way of working, but one that Ejstes found invigorating. "He suggested we come to his studio with finished songs, and we did live takes directly to tape-the old-school way. It has truly been a quite different experience from the earlier records."
'Allas Sak' is about everyday matters: family, friends, the fine texture of life. Common but never mundane, these subjects anchor the music in the here and now, while the music lends a certain grandeur to ordinary moments. "Lyrics are very important to me," says Ejstes. "These songs are my everyday experiences, my thoughts and stories from the life I live. I hope people can create their own stories around the music and maybe we can make music together, the listener and I."